On February 2nd, I let Punxsutawney Phil take over the forecast and the glory for the day. He’s the man, after all, very much adored, and usually accurate (of course he gets a 50-50 shot). It’s almost as if he’s a part of our weather team or something, how much we talk about him and his forecast.
The nice thing about National Weatherperson’s Day (February 5th) is that it is a respectable 3-day after Groundhog’s Day, which allows some time for all the fuss over that furry guy to settle down.Then all attention goes on us. I’m not making up National Weatherperson’s Day. And while Hallmark, the government, nor any of the three calendars I’ve looked at today don’t recognize it (not yet, anyway), it’s a true day.
National Weatherperson’s Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of John Jeffries in 1745. Jeffries was a Boston physician and one of America’s first weather observers, who began taking daily weather observations in Boston in 1774! He even took the first balloon weather observation over London in 1784. Thus, to honor his weather feats, which helped advance meteorology, this day is meant to recognize those who study, forecast, and make available the weather forecasts that you’ve come to rely on!
So my dear friend Punxsutawney, just know that we have a day too…and even though you’re cute for a rodent, we’re still the better looking forecasters.
Now, go hug your favorite prognosticator (or send cake…we like cake).
This post was written by Steph on February 5, 2011